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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Jesse Matthewson with a 'Legalize Gay' thong on his face
KEN Mode

At the BrooklynVegan SXSW Friday day party (3/15), we had an indie rock-oriented lineup on the outdoor stage (The Main) and a metal stage, courtesy of our metal blog Invisible Oranges (and Heavy Dicks), indoors (The Jr). Easily one of the most anticipated bands on the metal stage was KEN Mode, whose fifth album, Entrench (released the week of SXSW), has proved to be something of a crossover album for the band. It's a punishing record, bringing sludge metal, post-hardcore, and noise rock into a killer mix -- and KEN Mode's live show is even more intense.

The band looks out into the crowd with impenetrable death stares while creating as much noise as melody, and the whole thing is pretty terrifying -- but it's the kind of terrifying that makes you want to move closer and closer to the stage. They played a bunch off the new record, and while KEN Mode don't sound like they're going pop metal anytime soon, on some of the tracks, like early singles "Counter Culture Complex" and "The Terror Pulse," those harsh vocals really got stuck in your head. It got pretty anthemic at the end of that latter tune, with guitarist Jesse Matthewson and bassist Andrew LaCour trading vocals on "THIS IS GOODBYE! TO THE MAN YOU ONCE KNEW!"

KEN Mode also played our BV/Invisible Oranges showcase at The North Door the next night (they were a last-minute replacement for Pinkish Black, who had to drop off), where they were even louder and had a great light show adding to their intensity. More on that show soon.

Special thanks to Heavy Dicks and M for Montreal, along with our sponsors Onkyo, mophie, Jameson, Zico, Food For Lovers, American Apparel, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, ReDigi, Signazon, Korg, Creative Creation, and Mirrored Media, ASCAP, MailChimp, and Pink Avocado who we couldn't have done the Friday day party without. A full set of pictures from that party is coming soon. More from KEN Mode's set below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield


Scottish synthpop trio CHVRCHES made their SXSW debut last Wednesday (3/13) at the Windish Agency showcase at Austin's Red 7. For a band with giant hooky dancepop anthems, they are still on their shy side, playing a reserved set, according to BV photographer Amanda Hatfield. That didn't stop the crowd from singing along to "The Mother We Share" and "Recover," though.

CHVRCHES play two back-to-back sold out shows tonight (3/18) at Mercury Lounge with Dan Croll opening. They'll also be DJing on Tuesday (3/19) at 285 Kent and tickets are still available to that. Their album is due out this fall, so probably look for a return appearance (most likely somewhere bigger) then. More pictures from SXSW below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

White Lung at the BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday day party
White Lung

You see so much music at SXSW that it all starts to blur. "Oh yeah I totally forgot I saw (insert artist name here) two days ago!" I found myself thinking so many times. But one of the bands I know I'm not going to forget seeing is White Lung. I first caught them Wednesday night at the Enabler/Don Giovanni/Sacred Bones/Suicide Squeeze showcase, which was the night of my first full day in Austin and I was totally energetic. But when I saw them again on Saturday (3/16) at the BrooklynVegan day party at The Jr. (the indoor stage of the old Emo's), I wanted to pass out -- or just do anything but watch live music. Yet somehow I found myself in the front row putting everything I had into screaming along with their set, because that's what White Lung makes you do. Mish Way is one the most powerful singers I saw at SXSW and the band's constant full-throttle attack is the kind of adrenaline-pumping music that sets you off. I dare to you see White Lung and stand there with your arms folded.

I was talking to a friend after their set about how it's kind of unfortunate that when punk bands get attention outside of their micro punk scenes, it's usually for making a relatively un-punk album. If enough people catch on to White Lung though, they seem like the type of band who would defy this trend. They are brutal and relentless and have the type of passion in their lyrics that made early punk bands so necessary. And they never sacrifice those things when harnessing the same kind of melody and accessibility that send kids to Fucked Up and Japandroids shows.

Big thanks to our sponsors Oxygen, Best of Ink, Onkyo, mophie, Jameson, Zico, Food For Lovers, American Apparel, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, ReDigi, Signazon, Korg, Creative Creation, and Mirrored Media, who we couldn't do the day party without. A full set of pictures from all the bands at the party is coming soon, meanwhile check out more of White Lung from that show below...

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KEN Mode at Saint Vitus in NYC earlier this month (more by Caroline Harrison)

Bad news: Pinkish Black has been forced to cancel tonight's appearance (March 16) at the BV / Invisible Oranges showcase at The North Door. A bummer for sure but valiant Canadian metallic-noise-rock crew KEN Mode (who played our SXSW day party on Friday) have stepped in in their stead, and a hearty thanks goes out to the trio for filling in at the last minute!

Here's tonight's full, updated line-up:

7PM doors open
8PM Homewrecker
9PM KEN Mode
10PM Full of Hell
11PM Mutilation Rites
12PM John Baizley
1AM Pallbearer
See you there!

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Polyphonic Spree/Thermals/Diamond Rings
Polyphonic Spree
The Thermals
Diamond Rings

The Main was packed for our Friday SXSWS day party (3/15). That includes the the actual stage, as all 23 members of The Polyphonic Spree on hand to headline. The Spree's joyous set ended with their cover of Nirvana's "Lithium" that had the whole place singing. Diamond Rings -- who now count Miracle Fortress/Think About Life's Graham Van Pelt as a touring memeber -- tore the place up too with one of the most fun sets on our stage this week. So did The Thermals, for that matter. The Main also saw sets from UK neo-postpunk act TOY, Swedish pop vets Shout Out Louds, Akron/Family, and Montreal's Half Moon Run. The Jr. stage was curated by our loud brethren at Invisible Oranges (and Heavy Dicks) and will have pics of that carnage soon. Meanwhile, dig into more of Friday's action from The Main below.

In addition to the music, Onkyo was there, sampling their new headphones which hit stores next month. mophie maker of invaluable iPhone chargers, were giving away discount cards good at their pop-up shop which was set up right across the street on Red River.We were also serving complimentary Jameson, and Zico coconut water, free vegan queso and chips from Food For Lovers, and free vegan breakfast tacos from Pink Avocado. We also had BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 50 people in the door, thanks to American Apparel. Also thanks to our other sponsors, M for Montreal, KorgVoxBlackstarCreative Recreation, Signazon, ASCAP, MailChimp and Redigi.

Today (3/16) is the final free BV SXSW day party at The Main and The Jr. The fun starts at noon CDT and The Main stage is co-presented by our friends at Pianos and features Unknown Mortal Orchestra, A Place to Bury Strangers, Austra, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Autre Ne Veut and Empress of. The Jr stage has King Tuff, Dodrums, MS MR, The Orwells, Peace (UK), Feathers, White Lung, and TEEN. That is a pretty amazing line-up if we do say so ourselves.

And tonight is the offical BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges SXSW showcase with KEN Mode (who replace Pinkish Black), Homewrecker, Full of Hell, Mutilation Rights, John Baizley, and Pallbearer. If you're in Austin, come on down!

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KEN Mode at Saint Vitus earlier this month (more by Caroline Harrison)
KEN Mode

Unfortunately, Pinkish Black has been forced to cancel tonight's appearance (March 16) at the BV / Invisible Oranges showcase at The North Door. We are super bummed but happily, valiant Canadian metallic-noise-rock crew KEN Mode are always down to annihilate and as such, a hearty thanks goes out to the trio for filling in at the last minute! Here's what you can look forward to tonight:

7PM doors open
8PM Homewrecker
9PM KEN Mode
10PM Full of Hell
11PM Mutilation Rites
12PM John Baizley
1AM Pallbearer
See you there!

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

The Flaming Lips @ SXSW, 3/14/2013
Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips have become known for doing special things at concerts in the last ten years -- confetti, blood, giant hampsters balls. But last night (3/14) as part of SXSW's "Warner Sound captured by Nikon" series that happened at The Belmont in Austin, the Lips did something special and different by playing 2002's Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots front-to-back for the first time ever. It was also a straight band performance, with little in the way of special effects, hulk hands, etc.

Could this be how the plan on presenting their thematically heavy, musically experimental new album, The Terror, when they tour later this year? (Like at Wellmont Theatre in NJ on 5/16 [tix]). We shall see. Meanwhile, check out more pics -- and video of the live debut of "Are You a Hypnotist?" -- from their SXSW Yoshimi performance below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher

Parquet Courts / Merchandise @ Pedestrian Bridge, Austin, 3/15/2013
Parquet Courts

We at BrooklynVegan teamed up with Chaos in Tejas for a show on the Pedestrian Bridge in Austin last night (technically this morning, 3/15, at 2 AM) with Destruction Unit, Merchandise, and Parquet Courts. The show was packed with people literally everywhere from in front of and behind the band, on lamposts, benches, railings, and even hanging outside of railings. All three bands were great, definitely feeding off the high energy from the crowd, and the show got heavier and heavier as it went on. Parquet Courts kicked things off with some driving indie rock, followed by Merchandise, whose current lineup has a great drummer, a saxist, and includes frontman Carson Cox playing second guitar (it's way more punk than their record and their drummer-less shows), and Destruction Unit were so heavy that you just have to see them because there's nothing I can say to do last night's set any justice.

More pictures of the craziness below...

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photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Beach Fossils/The Spits/Parenthetical Girls
Beach Fossils
The Spits
Parenthetical Girls

The second of our four SXSW day parties at connected Austin venues The Main and The Jr. happened Thursday (3/15). In addition to Cloud Nothings' joyously raucous set, The Main was fairly wild all day. We got reunited Detroit protopunk legends Death, fellow Micheganites The Spits, Pacific Northwest fuzz-freaks Milk Music, highly-excitable Canadians METZ, plus Rough Francis and Single Mothers.

Meanwhile on The Jr. stage, things were a little more indie, with a double shot headlinging sets from two Captured Tracks bands, Widowspeak and Beach Fossils. Not to mention: Dutch artist Jacco Gardner made amazingly precise recreations of late-'60s baroque pysche pop; Scotland's PAWS did raw-throated, seriously catchy yell-alongs; Parenthetical Girls kept Austin strange during their mesmerizing set; Toronto's Moon King gave a dose of shoegaze; plus Japanese singer-songwriter Shugo Tokumaru and the folky sounds of J. Thoven. What a day!

For those reading this in NYC, don't forget Parenthetical Girls play Glasslands on March 25 (tickets) and Bowery Electric on March 26 (tickets); and Jacco Gardner plays Mercury Lounge on March 23 with his Trouble in Mind labelmates Mmoss (tickets)

In addition to the music, Onkyo was there, sampling their new headphones which hit stores next month. mophie, maker of invaluable iPhone chargers, were giving away discount cards good at their pop-up shop which was set up right across the street on Red River.. We were also serving complimentary Jameson, and Zico coconut water, free vegan queso and chips from Food For Lovers, and free vegan breakfast tacos from Pink Avocado. We also had BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 50 people in the door, thanks to American Apparel. Also thanks to our other sponsors, KorgVoxBlackstarCreative Recreation, Signazon, Mirrored Media, ASCAP, and Redigi.

Our free Friday day party at The Main and The Jr. just got underway. The Main stage will be crowded for 20-something headliners The Polyphonic Spree, and that side will also have sets from Akron/Family, The Thermals, Shout Out Louds, Diamond Rings, TOY, and Half Moon Run.

The Jr. stage today is curated by out loud brethren at Invisible Oranges, with Today is the Day, Pallbearer, Royal Thunder, Inter Arma Batillus, and Babtists.

Then tonight is the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Maggie Mae's Rooftop with 3421, Brooke Candy, Giraffage, Man Without Country, Mykki Blanco, Pictureplane, The Underachievers, XXYYXX, and Zebra Katz. If you're in Austin, come on down!

More pics from Thursday's day party are below.

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photos by Sarah Frankie Linder; words by Andrew Sacher

Cloud Nothings at The Main, Austin, 3/14/2012
Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings spent the bulk of 2012 on the road in support of their great Attack on Memory album and we caught them in NYC a bunch of times throughout the year. And not that we'd ever turn down seeing them again, but when they announced that they're working on a new album, it made their set at the BrooklynVegan SXSW day party yesterday (3/14) even more anticipated. And they did preview some material from the new record at the show, and it's sounding really good. The new stuff is hard-hitting but not without the melodies that make Cloud Nothings so catchy. You can watch a video of them playing one of their new songs at their Mohawk show on Tuesday (3/12) below.

Of course, they also played a bunch off Attack on Memory and when they did those songs, they had maybe the wildest crowd at the BV day parties so far. Like they usually do, they changed up those songs a bit live, especially during the jammy parts, and worked in some instrumental interludes between songs too. They also changed the setlist around since the last few times I've seen them (I think it was the first time they didn't play "Separation" before "Wasted Days," and no "Stay Useless"!). The front half of the crowd (if not also the back) knew every word and they were grabbing each other to scream along, starting mini mosh pits, and rushing the stage. Over a year after the release of Attack on Memory, it's great to see random people still coming together and connecting with each other and those songs.

Big thanks to our sponsors Onkyo, mophie, Jameson, Zico, Food For Lovers, American Apparel, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, ReDigi, Signazon, Korg, Pink Avocado, Creative Creation, and Mirrored Media, who we couldn't do the day party without. More pictures of Cloud Nothings from that party and the video of the new song below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Disclosure at Pitchfork SXSW Showcase (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)

UK duo Disclosure caught our ears with some great releases last year, including The Face EP, and kept things going this year with their excellent single, "White Noise," which features AlunaGeorge. I went to catch them at the official Pitchfork SXSW showcase at 1100 Warehouse last night (3/14), and as with many of these post-dubstep artists, and especially those who rely on guest vocalists that don't perform live with them, it's hard not to wonder how much of a "show" it will really be. So I was taken pretty off guard when Disclosure opened their set with a song that they sang on. They didn't sing any others after that (relying on samples and recorded versions of their guest singers) but the show continued to be something you could "watch" as well as a huge dance party.

They use a fair amount of live percussion which keeps things interesting too, and when they played songs like "White Noise" and "What's In Your Head" the crowd was going wild. When I first wrote about Disclosure, I mentioned that I didn't foresee them headlining a place like Terminal 5 any time soon (which their friend SBTRKT did), but after seeing what their live show is capable of last night, I'm pretty sure I was way wrong.

Disclosure don't play T5 just yet, but they will be in NYC for two shows next week at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (3/20) and Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (3/21). Both of those shows are sold out.

Stream "White Noise" below...

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Photos by Greg Cristman; words by Andrew Sacher

Iggy & The Stooges @ Mohawk, 3/13/2013

In addition to the thousands (millions?) of newer, buzzy, hyped bands at SXSW, there's always a few treats from some legends too. This year, one of those legends was Iggy and the Stooges, who are working on a new album this year. They played a House of Vans show at Mohawk last night (3/13), taking the stage after a killer set by Japandroids. Following some introductory music over the PA that sounded like it could score 300 or something, the members of The Stooges (Scott Asheton, Toby Dammit, James Williamson, and Mike Watt) took to their positions and then finally a shirtless Iggy Pop ran to the front of the stage as the audience howled in excitement.

I wasn't born yet when The Stooges made their first run as a band, but from the videos I've seen and the stories I've heard, Iggy was always a maniac on stage and he's still got it. He never stopped running around, yelling his vocals, and giving "fuck"-filled speeches between songs. They played a bunch of their old tunes ("Raw Power," "Gimme Danger," "I Wanna Be Your Dog") and also used the time to sample parts of their new record. Obviously the classics are what got everyone going, but those new tracks (like "Burn," which you can stream below) are pretty vitalized for a band this late in their career.

More pictures of the mayhem that was Iggy and the Stooges at Mohawk below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The line to get into Stubb's last night (3/15) for NPR's SXSW showcase snaked down all the way to I-35. With a line-up featuring Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Alt-J, Waxahatchee, Youth Lagoon and more, it's no surprise. As the sun set, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds took the stage and delivered a powerhouse, career-spanning set. Later, Yeah Yeah Yeahs previewed much of their new album Mosquito for the crowd and Karen O was literally luminescent on stage.

Both Nick Cave and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have upcoming NYC shows, and all of them are sold out. More pics from their respective sets, plus video from Waxahatchee's set, are below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher

White Lung / Nu Sensae @ Holy Mountain, 3/13/2013
White Lung
Nu Sensae

The Enabler/Don Giovanni/Suicide Squeeze/Sacred Bones SXSW showcase went down at Holy Mountain last night (3/13) in Austin with a bunch of great bands like White Lung, Waxahatchee, Nu Sensae, California X, and more.

I'm a fan of California X's self-titled album, which came out recently on Don Giovanni, but much like Torres did earlier that day, these guys really blew me away live on a level I didn't get from the record. They tend to get grouped into the "bands that sound like Dinosaur Jr." category, but after seeing them for my first time last night, I really think they come off as force of their own. They rock out, swing their long hair around, and deliver a solid mix of riffage, punchy tunes, and sludge-drenched heaviness, that only sounds hinted-at on their album. Someone get these guys in the studio with Steve Albini.

Easily one of the most anticipated artists at this year's SXSW is Waxahatchee, whose new album, Cerulean Salt, just hit shelves and is driving a lot of people wild. And her live show lives up too. She played full band and stuck to the more rock-oriented songs and rock versions of softer tunes, and at least in the front of the room, the crowd was completely zoned in. "I loved Waxahatchee!" I excitedly said to someone at the show. "Yeah, everyone does," was her response. It's true.

The show ended with two Vancouver punk bands (who also happen to be good friends), Nu Sensae and White Lung. Nu Sensae played a pretty short set on the backyard stage and their great mix of noise rock, punk, and no wave was spot on last night. Then White Lung took the stage indoors and really tore things up. Singer Mish Way is a powerhouse on stage and her band are no slackers either (watching that guitarist shred is about as intense as Mish's shouts). The crowd was super into them too, starting mini moshpits and fist-raised shoutalongs, especially during tracks like "Thick Lip" and "Glue."

You can catch White Lung at our free SXSW day party on Saturday (3/16) at 3:45 PM on The Jr. stage.

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Bridge show

SXSW is in ful, nutty swing and and while we've already announced our slate of official nighttime showcases and day parties, we've got one more for ya. BrooklynVegan and Chaos in Tejas are proud to present tonight, March 14 (technically 3/15 in the AM) a show on the Pedestrian Bridge (Lamar & Riverside) featuring sets from Destruction Unit, Merchandise and Parquet Courts. The FREE, all-ages show kicks off at 2AM. Get there!

In addition to this, Chaos in Tejas have quite a few shows of their own during SXSW as well.

Meanwhile, our free Thursday day party at The Main and The Jr. starts at noon CDT, and kick off with sets from Jacco Gardner and Single mothers. If you're in Austin, stop by!

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder, words by Andrew Sacher

Delorean / Savages

We kicked off our free BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties yesterday (3/13) in Austin at the Main & The Jr (aka the old Emo's location, aka 603 Red River St) with sets from Delorean, Robyn Hitchock, Savages, Camper Van Beethoven, Caveman, Braids, Maserati, Caitlin Rose, Anamanaguchi, Indians, Marnie Stern, Team Spirit, Torres, and Deep Sea Diver. Pictures from the party are in this post, and more are on the way soon.

The biggest surprise for me personally was Torres (aka Mackenzie Scott), whose self titled debut is great, but she really takes it to another level live. Her band is super tight, loud, and confident (her guitarist has some rock star moves) and Mackenzie has some serious pipes that she doesn't even fully reveal on the album. It was a much heavier show than I expected, and if you can catch her at one of her other upcoming SXSW shows, highly recommended.

Torres was followed by other great sets on the outdoor stage (Glasslands Stage), like the noisy math rock of Marnie Stern (who played a lot of her great new album), the danceable video game punk of Anamanaguchi, and a set from post-rockers Maserati, who along with Caveman, cooled things down for a bit. But that cooling down didn't last long, because once Savages took the stage, they were possibly even more intense than CMJ. They played some new stuff that they didn't have back then, and once that album finally drops, I've got pretty high hopes for it. Finally, Delorean wrapped up the outdoor stage with a dancey set. It was nice to end the day with some familiar tunes like "Real Love." Then Maserati came out and joined Delorean for a cover over Gary Numan's "Cars." Not really.

Meanwhile, indoors Deep Sea Diver kicked things off around the same time as Torres outside and they were followed by the fun-rock of Team Spirit, Copenhagen's Indians (who were a 3-piece and were better that way than when I saw him solo), a rousing country set from Caitlin Rose, the new electronic sound of Braids (which we also heard at CMJ), and the show ended with sets from two musical veterans: Camper Van Beethoven and Robyn Hitchcock. Robyn was great and he is especially funny on stage with his in-between song banter. He referred to the overheard sounds of Delorean from the other room as the sounds of devils, and "if they had been heard 200 years earlier, marches of men would have been sent to destroy these fiends," (or something like that).

In addition to the music, Onkyo was there, sampling their new headphones which hit stores next month. mophie, maker of invaluable iPhone chargers, were giving away discount cards good at their pop-up shop which was set up right across the street on Red River. We were also serving complimentary Jameson, and Zico coconut water, and free vegan queso and chips from Food For Lovers. We also had BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 50 people in the door, thanks to American Apparel. Also thanks to our other sponsors, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Creative Recreation, Signazon, WILLCALL, Mirrored Media, and Redigi.

Our day parties continue today (3/14) with sets from Cloud Nothings, Parenthetical Girls, Death, METZ, Milk Music, Beach Fossils, Widowspeak, and more.

More pictures from yesterday's party below...

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by Bill Pearis


Long-running LA-psych band The Warlocks have just wrapped up recording their sixth album -- and first since 2009's The Mirror Explodes -- which should see release in fall of this year. The group, who've released albums or Bomp! and Mute, now reside on Teepee which is also home to The Brian Jonestown Massacre. The Warlocks, at one point, had a couple ex-BJM in their line-up but I'm not sure if they're still rocking the two-drummer megagroup they did in the mid '00s.

The Warlocks are at SXSW this and will return to Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest next month. Around that time, the band will hit the East Coast as well, with a stop in NYC at Mercury Lounge on April 23. Tickets for that are currently on AmEx presale with the regular on-sale happening Friday (3/15) at noon. All tour dates are listed, along with a Spotify stream of 2002's great The Pheonix Album, are below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Tegan & Sara @ The Main, 3/12/2013
Tegan and Sara

SXSW's music portion kicked off Tuesday (3/12) night in Austin and while there weren't that many shows, the bills were all pretty stacked. Tegan & Sara headlined the IHeartRadio showcase at The Main and BV photographer Amanda Hatfield caught their set right before heading back to the VICELAND for Divine Fits. The Main -- the old Emo's space -- is a small room for Tegan & Sara these days and they told the crowd it was nice to be back in the space where they played once 10 years ago, a show that didn't go so well. See what happens when you keep at it?

The Main is also the location of all BrooklynVegan's free day parties during SXSW. (That and the adjacent The Jr., formerly Emo's Jr.) If you're in town, do stop by. Robyn Hitchcock headlines today's party at 5:15 PM CDT.

More Tegan & Sara pics below...

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photos by Matthew Eisman

Ásgeir Trausti @ Slipper Room
Asgeir Trausti

Icelandic singer Ásgeir Trausti was in town on his way to SXSW, and played LES club The Slipper Room on Monday (3/11). He played songs off his new album Dyrd i daudathogn, which recently won four Icelandic Music Awards. You may remember that John Grant, who now lives in Iceland, has been helping Ásgeir on an English-language version of the album which will be out later this year.

As we said, he's currently in Austin so if you're there for the madness, seek him out. (A few streams are below.) Meanwhile, more Slipper Room pics are below.

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by Bill Pearis, Fred Pessaro and Andrew Sacher

Savages @ CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

SXSW gets underway today (3/13) in earnest, with 83,207 bands* playing SXSW this year. Trying to figure out who to see can be an overwhelming feeling. (Actually, just standing on 6th St. on Friday night is an overwhelming feeling.) Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration if you're among the throngs of people. Or maybe just some new stuff to listen to if you're not there.

Of course you could just hang out at all our day parties (our first starts at noon today!) and evening showcases, as we're really proud of our line-ups. But there are bands who we are pumped to see who aren't playing too. So here are 40 bands we're genuinely pumped to see in Austin this week. We made a Spotify playlist of all the bands (at least the ones on the service) you can stream below.

Check out our list below...

*not the actually number of showcasing bands. But it feels accurate.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Divine Fits at VICELAND at SXSW 2013
Divine Fits

I'll spare you the boring details of my day's worth of delayed flights, but after finally landing in Austin at 10 PM last night (3/12), I darted over to The Jansport Bonfire Sessions @ VICELAND (which, for those of you in Austin, is located on 401 E Cesar Chavez, right across from the Austin Convention Center) and got there a few songs into Wavves' set. Wavves always bring a good time but this was more packed and wild than I'd seen them before. They used the show to preview a lot of their new album, Afraid of Heights, and if you thought King of the Beach had pop punk tendencies, on these new songs it's pretty much full blown 1995-1997 era skate punk. Your feelings on how that genre lives up in 2013 may alter your opinion on the new record, but Wavves do it well.

Up next were Japandroids, who picked up where Wavves left off and made things even wilder. After telling the security guards to leave the stage because they were "sucking the life out of the show," and repeated challenges aimed at the crowd that we weren't going hard enough, the energy level and spirit never stopped rising last night. Because it's SXSW, the set was short, but they included all the choice tracks -- "Fire's Highway," "Young Hearts Spark Fire," "The House That Heaven Built," etc. -- and for a band whose shows are always fun, last night may have been the best I've seen them.

Finally, Spoon/Wolf Parade related supergroup Divine Fits closed out the night. Granted it was almost 1 AM when they started, and their music is less ferocious than the two previous bands, but the crowd did calm down and began to filter out a bit. They did more of Britt Daniel's songs than Dan Boeckner's, and though I'm personally on Team Dan, it was still a solid set all things considered. For a "supergroup" the band have great chemistry on stage, and they're a lot more humble than they're allowed to be given their past projects (which is a good thing).

VICELAND continues tonight with IO Echo, Austra, Merchandise, Icona Pop, and The Joy Formidable. And Divine Fits, Japandroids, and Wavves all have more shows too (click the links for more info). One of Japandroids' next shows is tonight (3/13) with Iggy and the Stooges, The Specials, and Ghostface Killah.

More pictures of Divine Fits' set from last night and Wavves' new video for "Demon To Lean On" below...

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by Andrew Sacher


The Underachievers and Flatbush Zombies are about to kick off a tour together supporting Joey Bada$$, which begins with all three artists in Austin for SXSW this week. And those two groups have just teamed up for a collaborative track, "No Religion." The Underachievers and Flatbush Zombies are a good fit to work together -- they both love charismatically rapping about drugs over blown out production. On "No Religion" they don't talk too much about drugs, but what they do talk about is pretty great ("Stop trying to be Tupac, try and be better," I mean someone had to say it) and the rest of what usually makes those groups great is there. Listen to the track below (via Stereogum).

The Underachievers also recently freestyled and talked about Flying Lotus for Pitchfork.tv's "Selector." You can watch that video below. While they're in Austin for SXSW, The Underachievers play the BrooklynVegan Official Showcase on Friday (3/15) at Maggie Mae's Rooftop at 11 PM.

Song stream and video below...

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photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

DOWNLOAD: Fat Tony - "Hood Party" (ft. Kool A.D. and Despot) (MP3)

Milk Music/Fat Tony/The Blind Shake @ Bruise Cruise, Austin, TX, 3/10/2013
Milk Music
Fat Tony
Blind Shake

Though the music portion of SXSW isn't in full force yet, there are still some shows that have gone down, including yesterday's (3/10) Bruise Cruise with Milk Music, Fat Tony, The Blind Shake, and Outer Minds. Like Bruise Cruise lineups always tend to be, it was a good party-style way to kick off SXSW with three punkish bands and an energetic rapper to top things off. Pictures from that cruise are in this post.

All four bands have other SXSW shows coming up, and Milk Music will be at our Thursday day party on the outdoor stage with Cloud Nothings, METZ, The Spits, Death, Rough Francis, and Single Mothers. It's free with RSVP.

Fat Tony also just released the song "Hood Party," which features Kool A.D. (formerly of Das Racist) and Despot), and will appear on his new album, Smart Ass Black Boy, which is due out on June 11 via Young One Records. You can download that track above or stream it below.

The Bruise Cruise was thrown by booking agency Panache, who also has other upcoming SXSW shows too.

More pictures below...

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P.S. We're giving away custom Brooklyn Vegan iPhone 5 mophie cases for SXSW. Use #mophieLovesBV & tweet @BrooklynVegan your favorite artist from the above lineups for a chance at winning the below pictured mophie juice pack:

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Full of Hell at Acheron, November 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Full of Hell

Metal is looking trimmer than ever this year in Austin, but luckily there are still quite a few exciting shows to look forward to at SXSW 2013. Here are a few of them. Have fun out there, and come see us at one of our many shows this week in Austin! (With one more still TBA.... keep your eyes peeled to the site on Thursday at noon.)

As mentioned, if you can't make it to Austin then you can still stream all of the Invisible Oranges showcase in full HERE!

My SXSW metal picks are below...

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